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IIIIIIIVV II. Balancing Equations (p. 250-254) Ch. 8 – Chemical Reactions
A. Balancing Steps 1.Write the unbalanced equation. 2.Count atoms on each side. 3.Add coefficients to make #s equal. Coefficient subscript = # of atoms 4.Reduce coefficients to lowest possible ratio, if necessary. 5.Double check atom balance!!!
B. Helpful Tips n Balance one element at a time. n Update ALL atom counts after adding a coefficient. n If an element appears more than once per side, balance it last. n Balance polyatomic ions as single units. 1 SO 4 instead of 1 S and 4 O
1 210 412 428 Why is there a 2 after the oxygen? __________________ What are all the diatomic elements? _________________ Oxygen is diatomic Br, I, N, Cl, H, O, F